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Earth Day at The Botanical Garden… April showers bring May flowers.

Words and Photos By Cynthia Turnquest-Jones

A perfect day at the New York Botanical Garden located in the nook of the Bronx.

We hoped on the metro north and got off at the Botanical Garden stop. Anxious to fill our soul with one of the most interesting gifts bestowed to humans. Flower gazing! Flower smelling! Flower strolls!

By ten thirty a.m. the parking lots were full and the entrance lines were buzzing. It’s Earth Day at The New York Botanical Garden! Music, crafts, science talks and tours, and parades in the Garden. The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.

The New York Botanical Garden is a botanical garden and National Historic Landmark located in the Bronx, New York City. Two hundred and fifty-acre landscape that supports over one million living plants in extensive collections. The garden is known as a major educational institution for students elementary thru graduate college level.

Today, Dale Chihuly was on view at NYBG which is his first major garden exhibition in New York in more than ten years. CHIHULY, presented by Bank of America, showcases more than 20 installations and include drawings and early works that reveal the evolution and development of Chihuly’s artistic process during his celebrated career.

Featured today you will find beautiful flowers from places such as Southwestern states, Mexico, Guatemala, Sri Lanka, and Madagascar. As well as rainforest dwellers and mind-blowing orange emperor Tulipa. Which is the writers favorite!

The Orchidaceae. The Cinnamon. The Bougainvillea. The Saguaro Cactus. Take a walk with Black Westchester as we celebrate Earth Day. We present to you a small piece of organic perfection just 15 minutes outside of Westchester County.

Enjoy!

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About Cynthia Turnquest-Jones (50 Articles)
Cynthia Turnquest-Jones a co-host of People Before Politics Radio is an avid philanthropist. In October 2012 she launched Tha B.U.M.P. “Brown Urban Mother Partnership”, hosting an informational breast cancer session “Save the Women not the Boobies” inviting mothers from the community to sit and enjoy healthy foods while engaging in dialogue about breast cancer. In addition to Tha B.U.M.P, Cynthia is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated, Mocha Moms, Incorporated, MAMAiAM, the Episcopal Church Women, secretary for Mount Saint Michael Academy PTA in the Bronx, and a member of Graham Elementary School PTA.
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